If you’ve been watching any news at all anywhere for the past couple of weeks, you might think that life, as we know it, may be coming to an end tonight. Maybe the Mayans, in thinking the world would end last December were just a couple of months off.
Without a deal between the White House and Congress, what they termed “sequestration” will take effect, resulting in $85 billion in budgets cuts across-the-board. Since the government, that spends millions of our dollars per minute has a budget this year of $3.6 trillion, the sequestration cuts are but a drop of water in the ocean. But just over the past week alone, we’ve been treated to some pretty over-the-top performances by Obama & Friends. Last week, as he surrounded himself with emergency personnel, he did his best re-enactment of the classic scene from Ghostbusters as he predicted the horrors that will come upon us. You know the one: “dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!!!!” Among other things, he said, “Emergency responders like the ones who are here today — their ability to help communities respond to and recover from disasters will be degraded…thousands of teachers and educators will be laid off.”
This week, he took his apocalyptic tour to Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia, where he gave an example of what really is a false choice: “You don’t want to have to choose between, let’s see, do I close funding for the disabled kid, or the poor kid?” He knows that this is a false choice and I’m sure he meant it as a rhetorical question, but it sure would have been hilarious if someone had yelled out, “The poor kid!” I’m just sayin’.
Most of us know (I think) that first responders and teachers are paid by state and local governments. There are no federal teachers or police officers (yet). And I think even his supporters could agree that there is more than enough taxpayer money wasted on programs that are outdated, inefficient or that replicate services. Why does he present these horrible scenarios about what will happen if he doesn’t get what he wants? He thinks everyone is what Rush Limbaugh refers to as a low-information voter, but those of us who aren’t remember that he was for sequestration before he was against it. In November of 2011 when the White House came up with the sequestration idea, he said, “I will veto any effort to get rid of those automatic spending cuts.”
It’s too bad that journalists these days aren’t reminding their viewers and readers (the 6 percent who still trust them) of some of the things Obama has said in the past, comparing them to what he’s now saying. It would also help to constantly remind them that the Republicans in Congress have passed multiple budgets, so that things like this can be avoided, but the Senate, controlled by Democrat Harry Reid haven’t passed a budget in years.
What we end up with is a government run on one continuing resolution after another…one crisis after another. The man who has mastered the art of being the Drama Queen-in- Chief had the gall to say this week, while speaking at the National Governors Meeting, “At some point, we’ve got to do some governing. And certainly, what we can’t do is keep careening from manufactured crisis to manufactured crisis.”
Physician, heal thyself.
“He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual…” –Thomas Jefferson